Saturday, June 6, 2009

Our 1st Half Marathon

WE DID IT!!!! That's right, we finished the Bay Shore Half Marathon. My running buddies and I decided, during the COLD Michigan winter, to run a 1/2 marathon. I think our brains may have been frozen when we all agreed to go for it. I have to admit it was great motivation to keep us running during the cold winter months (at least it was good motivation for me). We started the real training the first of March and kicked up the mileage on Saturdays.

The first 11 miler Jenny and I were not feeling well, so this made me a little nervous. I wasn't sure if we were ready for the race. We had 4 more weeks to prepare. The next 11 miler we did okay and then the 12 felt quite easy (as easy as running 12 miles gets).

As we talked about the race and going up to Traverse City the kids were so excited, not because of the race but because they were able to go to "The Great Wolf Lodge" (this is a big indoor water park) and stay over night there. The race was Saturday May 23rd so we took the kids out of school on Friday and headed North for the big race, or the water park, which ever is the most interesting to you. I think it depends on your age.

Needless to say I was a little nervous but slept quite well considering a room full of excited kids and tomorrow was the big race. We left at 5:20 am to get to our destination and then waited until 7:00 am to run.
AAWWW, the dreaded anticipation of waiting!!

Look at this amazing group. We were the 1/2 marathoners. (can you tell this is before the race?)

Jenny, Julie, Suzanne, David, Todd, Kimball

This is after the race! Can you see the excitement in my grin to have FINISHED!?

After the race we received our metals that said "FINISHER". We didn't break any records, by any means, but it felt so good to be done. Our motto for this first race was

and we did it. We also wanted to finish in under 2 hours and we all did it!! That was exciting.

Our times were:

Suzanne Leonhardt Midland MI USA 1:57:11.75

Jenny Larsen Midland MI USA 1:57:28.11

Julie Hales Midland MI USA 1:58:09.25